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Bakersfield Mist

a National New Play Network
Rolling World Premiere by
Stephen Sachs
directed by Jeff Zinn

Jiyoun Chang, scenic designer
Anne Miggins, costume designer
John Malinowski, lighting designer
Nathan Leigh, sound designer
Joseph Travers, fight director
Nick Dorr and Mary Fritz,
properties designers
Phill Madore*, stage manager

featuring Ken Cheeseman* and
Paula Langton


Cast (in alphabetical order)

Ken Cheeseman*, Lionel Percy
Paula Langton*, Maude Gutman

a co-production with
Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater

View the W.H.A.T. production page HERE!

Click the photo below to view a slideshow of Bakersfield Mist! Bakersfield Mist Slideshow

See BAKERSFIELD MIST cast members Paula Langton and Ken Cheeseman talk about their upcoming UKE JUKE AFTER BAKERSFIELD post-performance special events to benefit Shinsai:

Paula Langdon and Ken Cheeseman perform "Brand New Key" by Melanie Safka at 'UKE JUKE'. Join them again Friday, March 23 after BAKERSFIELD MIST for performance and sing-along to benefit Shinsai in Japan:

Watch the video with BAKERSFIELD MIST cast Paula Langton and Ken Cheeseman as they discuss the complexities of their characters and the benefits of working together as a married couple:

Bakersfield Mist
in the Black Box Theater

February 26, 2012 – March 18, 2012
Opening Night Monday, February 27 @ 7:30pm


Maude Gutman has bought the ugliest thrift store painting she could get her hands on as a gag gift. After the painting is rejected, Maude tries to offload it at a yard sale where she learns it might be much more than junk—it just might be the “find of the century,” an undiscovered Jackson Pollock painting. When Lionel Percy, a renowned art expert, arrives at Maude’s trailer to investigate the painting’s potential, the two embark on a fiery debate over class, truth, and what we personally perceive as valuable. Inspired by true events, this National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere by Stephen Sachs asks, what makes a work of art truly authentic?

It’s exhilarating in the extreme when a world premiere play strikes rich on every conceivable level.  Such is the case with Stephen Sachs Bakersfield Mist. 

Running Time: 75 minutes, no intermission

See what the press has to say!

Congratulations to Stephen Sachs: Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script!

Everything about the coproduction is first rate.
New Rep and W.H.A.T. paint a Pollock

Jared Bowen's Arts Ahead: Keep it Real
Listen to this WGBH review of New Rep's Bakersfield Mist!

A question of authenticity in
'Bakersfield Mist'


A local actor's 'Mist' chance

Bank of America

*member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Performance Schedule:

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